MAX PELLEGRINI (b. 1945)
La Regina della Notte e della Luna2004-200563 1/4 x 79 in. oil on canvas
DescriptionThe Queen of the Night drinks water from the clasped hands of faith, while two shepherds embrace each other, unaware of Jesus’ birth. Angels, portrayed almost translucently on the canvas, spray holy water and bring about the giving of gifts. A precious jewel is depicted in the right corner, while a humble basket of turkeys sits on the cape of the Madonna. Nearby rests a basket with a goldfinch, an ancient symbol, which is a harbinger of good luck for newborn babies. The baby Jesus, just as the clasped hands that the Queen drinks out of, represents faith – the angels have sprinkled with holy water and he will soon make himself known to the world.
“For me the faith in religion becomes faith in painting and will defeat the giants." – Max Pellegrini, July 2015, in conversation with Curator Chip Tom